Nathan McBride, “the most brutally effective thriller hero to appear in years” (Ridley Pearson, author of Killer Weekend), returns in the third installment of one of the best new series in thriller fiction.
When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old. With virtually no experience with children, Nathan’s patience and compassion are about to be tested to their limits.
In a violent confrontation, Nathan rescues Lauren from her kidnapper, but as he unravels Lauren's story, he realizes his troubles are only beginning. She says she's in the Witness Security Program, and doesn't trust the US Marshals because she thinks they're complicit in her abduction. Not only that, her stepdad was murdered last night.
In a desperate and unlikely alliance, Nathan and Lauren must stay one step ahead of her kidnapper and the brutal mercenaries who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Played out over the course of 36 lightning-fast hours, Nathan and Lauren must learn to trust each other or they won’t survive.
©2012 Andrew Peterson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I'll start with the only negative: as in the previous book in this series, the author should have skipped the epilogue... it was a political/moral lecture tacked on to the end of an over-the-top action novel. I like the over-the-top action, I don't like political/moral lecturing.
The best part about this novel is that the author managed to separate the storyline from others in the genre (and the others in the series) by choosing a secondary character that stands out in violent-action novels. This didn't change the action or violence level, but it did make the storyline distinguishable - in the future I can look back and say, oh yeah, that's the one with the girl in it. Though... I don't understand the title... but I don't think that really matters.
There's no mystery here - just linear plotting: good guy kicks butt, bad guy dies. I'd skip the epilogue to avoid getting lectured, but, other than that, it's a solid 3.5 star action novel, and I would read more in the series because I like the constant forward-momentum and butt-kicking.
The narration is... satisfactory. One of the main characters is a young girl and this narrator is an older man so sometimes it felt he was working pretty hard to keep the female characters' voices distinct...
There is lots of violence but it's not particularly gory, no sex and minimal swearing. I will get the next in the series on Audible.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Responding to a text from a kidnapped twelve year old girl, Nathan enters into a dangerous world of ruthless child smugglers and serial killers. But who is this smart, sassy girl he's just rescued? And how is she involved? Full of twists and turns, and the nuances of learning to adjust to life with a twelve year old, while still chasing the bad guys, Nathan, once again, proves to the the man, the soldier (marine) he's always been . . . well written and great narration . . . thank you, Andrew Peterson!
I haven't read the print addition so I wouldn't know. Worthless and stupid question
Lauren. She's pretty tough and smart but you still see glimpses of the little girl.
The hotel scene. I love what Nathan did and what he later tells Holly about it.
This was an intense fast paced book so it's hard to pin down one moment
This is my favorite so far even though Harv was elsewhere. I hope to see more of Gin in future books. I am definitely a fan of Mr Peterson
Well I guess I read way too many of this genre. I was talking back to the book while driving. So many things Nathan was missing at first: get the license plate, check for a tracker, call Harv........come on Nathan wake up buddy get with the program. At least Harv pointed out the lapses in judgement and it wasn't an author oversight! Lauren was a little too much of everything to be really believable but the story was gripping. I do like the way honesty was dealt with between Nathan and Lauren. So many adults don't give kids enough credit about what they can handle and lie or sugar coat. Definitely loving the series, thanks Andrew!
I enjoyed it
Nathan showing is sensitive and paternal side though not wanting to admit it.
Again, Nathan for reasons mentioned already
I don't usually like when children are charecters in books like these bec of my over protectiveness but I enyoyed still
I would absolutely reccommned this for any who like this type of genre
Nathan Mcbride's character is well developed and you feel like you are there with him going through the moment to moment decisions
When he realizes for certain Lauren is his niece by the shape and color of her eyes
When he has to break his hand to escape
A great listen from the start to the last
Peterson keeps getting better with each book in this series. I was disappointed that one of the main characters was absent in much of the book, but I understand why he did it, and the method was believable. Keep Nathan coming. How about a prequel?
The book was very good,it was used for our trip over the holidays as we traveled.The suspense kept you interested as the what was going to happen next. Our 6 hour days in the car were made a pleasure with the aid of Mr. Peterson's book.
Nathan, poor sole went through may trials and tribulations, all of which captured the listener, wanting to learn what would be in store for Nathan next.
When Lauren came to rescue Nathan... gruesome, but very touching.
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